Raúl and his wife, Rebecca, are the proud parents of five children – Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego and Rafael — and their daughter-in-law Rachel. They live in Eagle, ID, where all five of their children have attended local public schools.
Raúl knows the importance of family. He was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in a single parent-household. Even though they struggled financially, she always taught him the value of a good education and she worked hard to make sure that he had opportunities that she didn’t have. Raúl’s mother moved their small family to the mainland where Raúl completed high school. After high school, Raúl worked and paid his way through college, earning a degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree at the University of Washington.
Raúl built a successful small business and was the owner and managing partner of a law firm with offices in Boise and Nampa. He learned what it meant to have to meet a payroll, and to understand the burdens that Washington puts on the backs of our small businesses, ranchers, and farms.
Raúl and Rebecca are active members of their church and involved in community life. Raúl, who is an Eagle Scout, has previously volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and served on several state and local Republican committees.
A Conservative Leader
Raúl was a leading conservative in the Idaho Legislature and has emerged as one of the most prominent conservative voices in Washington, D.C. Since his election to a seat in the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006, Raúl has been a clear and consistent advocate for Idaho values. Now, as our Congressman, he is proud to extend his record of fiscal responsibility, limited government and individual freedom to the halls of Capitol Hill.
During his time in Congress, Raúl has been an unwavering advocate for what matters to Idahoans. He has fought to protect our privacy from an overreaching federal government as a vocal opponent of NDAA and the Patriot Act. He has been a tireless supporter of scaling back the size and scope of government, voting against all needless spending bills in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has voted for every measure that would reduce our tax burden and reduce government spending.
He has also been one of Congress’s most innovative Members. During the debt ceiling negotiations, he was hailed as a leader of the freshman class for his work in securing a vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment for the first time since 1995. As a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he fought for justice for the murder of Border Agent Brian Terry as a result of the Obama Administration’s disgraced “Fast and Furious” gunrunning program. After reviewing all of the significant findings, Raúl was the first Member of Congress to formally and courageously demand the resignation of Attorney General Holder for his failures as the nation’s most important agent of justice.
Despite overwhelming national acclaim for his conservative bonafides, Raúl has always remained acutely focused on the needs of Idaho. In December 2014, the Grazing Improvement Act and the Idaho County Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act were signed into law by the president. He has listened to concerns about Common Core from all stakeholders and has worked against it so students and teachers — not bureaucrats — can play a key role in our children’s education. He has also passed a bill to remove federal restrictions on geothermal energy exploration and a permanent reform to Secure Rural Schools so states like Idaho can responsibly manage their own natural resources.
In addition to his significant legislative responsibilities in D.C., he remains focused on the needs of Idaho’s First Congressional District. His office has routinely secured millions of dollars in benefits that was owed to his constituents and obtained missing medals for Idaho’s veterans. He has maintained consistent communication with his constituents through numerous traditional town halls and telephone town halls.
Raúl has a proven record of consistently standing up for our values. He is the rare politician who stands up and fights for what’s right. He knows his chief responsibility, as a public servant is to protect the taxpayers, not the special interests. He has kept his promises to his constituents and will continue to keep his promises to you in Congress.
Our country is at a crossroads. While we endure hardships, we wonder about the uncertain future ahead. These times require brave and bold leadership rooted in a moral foundation unshaken by the political winds as they blow.
We have that leader in Raúl Labrador. With so much at stake, we need him in Washington fighting for Idahoans.